Black_Sesame_Panna_Cotta
‘Black Sesame Milk Jelly’ is a popular dessert in Japan. I make it using my Panna Cotta recipe and adding Black Tahini to it. If you don’t want to use cream, use just milk. It looks yucky? It does, doesn’t it? Tastes yummy, though! See the gelatine-free ‘Chia Seeds’ version as below.
‘Tahini’ is a soft paste-like condiment made from toasted ground sesame seeds. I often use it when I make hummus or baba ghanoush. In Japan we have ‘Neri-goma’ that is almost same as Tahini but it has stronger toasted sesame seeds fragrance. If you can’t find it or don’t want to purchase a jar of Black Tahini, try the easy No-Tahini Method.


Makes

4 Servings

Ingredients

Milk & Cream 2 cups in total (e.g. 400ml Milk & 100ml Cream)
Sugar 4 tablespoons
Black Tahini 2 tablespoons
*OR grind 4 tablespoons Toasted Black Sesame Seeds into smooth paste by yourself. See the method below.
Gelatine Powder 2 teaspoons (6g)
Water 2 tablespoons
Vanilla Extract 1/2 teaspoon
Rum or Brandy 1 to 2 teaspoons *optional

Method
  1. Sprinkle Gelatine Powder into Water in a small bowl and soak.

  2. Place Milk, Cream, Sugar and Tahini in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until the Tahini and Sugar dissolve. Remove from heat. Alternatively this can be done using a heat-proof bowl and microwave. It doesn’t need to be boiled.

  3. Note: Black Tahini is not commonly available from supermarkets. You can grind 4 tablespoons Toasted Black Sesame Seeds into smooth paste by yourself. This actually tastes better than untoasted Tahini. I recommend to strain the mixture to remove the hulls.

  4. Add soaked Gelatine and mix well until gelatine dissolves. Add Rum or Brandy and Vanilla Extract, mix well.

  5. When the mixture is cool and started thickening, mix again and pour into glasses. Place them in the fridge and leave to set.

  6. If you want more sesame flavour, make topping paste by mixing Tahini and icing sugar. Whipped cream would be also nice for topping.

  7. Gelatine-free Version: Mix any milk of your choice with Sugar (or any sweetener) and Tahini. Add 1/2 cup Black Chia Seeds and mix well. Pour into glasses. Place them in the fridge and leave to set.

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No-Tahini Method
  1. Sprinkle Gelatine Powder into Water in a small bowl and soak.

  2. Toast 4 tablespoons Black Sesame Seeds using a saucepan for 3 to 4 minutes. Place the toasted Sesame Seeds in food grinder or small food processor and grind into paste. Adding 1 tablespoon Milk helps the process.

  3. Add Milk to the Sesame paste and process again. You may wish to strain the mixture to remove the hulls.

  4. Place Milk & Sesame mixture, Cream and Sugar in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until Sugar dissolve. Remove from heat. Alternatively this can be done using a heat-proof bowl and microwave. It doesn’t need to be boiled.

  5. Add soaked Gelatine and mix well until gelatine dissolves. Add Rum or Brandy and Vanilla Extract, mix well.

  6. When the mixture is cool and started thickening, mix again and pour into glasses. Place them in the fridge and leave to set.